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‘I Want an Apology From Gays!’ Catholic League’s Donohue, Cuomo Spar Over Pope’s Comments

Yesterday on board the Papal Plane, Pope Francis made some comments to reporters that many are seeing as a necessary shift in the Church’s attitudes towards members of the gay community. In a move that many are calling “ground-breaking” in the contentious relationships between the Vatican and LGBQT people around the world, the Pontiff said:

“I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended, but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.”

So when CNN’s Chris Cuomo opened up his interview on Tuesday morning with Bill Donohue, the President of the Catholic League, it seemed likely that Donohue would at least somewhat echo the sentiments of the Pope.

Not quite.

“Do you feel like apologizing to the LGBT community?” said Cuomo.

“No,” said Donohue. “As a matter of fact, I want an apology from gays! I’ve been assaulted by gays. I’ve never assaulted a gay person in my entire life!”

And it got worse from there. Donohue recounted a story about, “being assaulted by lesbians,” and demonstrated an unwillingness to accept 100% of what Cuomo perceived as Pope Francis’ point. The rest of the conversation devolved into some sort of sarcastic shouting match that featured Donohue rattling off his accomplishments of just how much he has helped the disenfranchised in his life.

“I don’t want to have a lifestyle thrusted in my face though!” he said at one point about the gay community.

“How are they putting their gay on you?” Cuomo retorted for clarification.

For Donohue’s response, watch the above strange exchange from CNN’s New Day.


J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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